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About the Cleanup

Each fall, thousands of Arkansans remove tons of trash from our state's roadways, shorelines, parks and public areas during the Great Arkansas Cleanup, the statewide community-improvement campaign.

Communities large and small show their commitment to the Great Arkansas Cleanup campaign by recruiting volunteers of all ages and taking on a variety of community clean up and environmental-improvement projects.

In the 2013 Great Arkansas Cleanup, over 24,000 Arkansans were involved in more than 130 events. Through their efforts, litter was picked up from 711 miles of roadway, 2,279 parks and public areas, and 568 miles of shoreline; and 56 illegal dumps were closed.

The Great Arkansas Cleanup began more than 40 years ago as the Greers Ferry Lake and Little Red River Cleanup. In 1985, then-U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers guided legislation requiring an annual pickup event during the weekend after Labor Day on all federal lands. This law, the Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Act, honors the founder of the event. Mr. Garner continues his advocacy for a clean and litter-free environment as a member of the Keep Arkansas Beautiful Foundation Board of Directors.

To organize or volunteer for a Great Arkansas Cleanup event in your community, e-mail Liz Philpott or call (501)682-3507, or fill out the volunteer form.

2013 Coordinator Materials

  • Registration Form (PDF)
  • Wrap-Up Report (PDF)
  • About the GAC (PDF)
  • Certificate of Achievement (DOC)
  • Easy Ideas for Local Promotion (PDF)
  • GAC Logo (JPG)
  • GAC Sponsor Logo Bar/Low Resolution (JPG)
  • GAC Sponsor Logo Bar/High Resolution (JPG)
  • Image Release Sign (DOC)
  • Liability Waiver and Image Release (DOC)
  • Print PSAs (PDF)
  • Safety Tips (PDF)
  • Volunteer Sign-in Sheet (DOC)
  • Customizable News Release (DOC)

Statewide Promotion

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